CANADA: Many of Canada’s licensed medical marijuana producers mail pot straight to their patients from vast warehouses protected by perimeter fencing, steel doors with card locks and extensive security camera systems operating 24/7. In contrast, many of Vancouver’s roughly 60 marijuana dispensaries operate in a legal grey area out of accessible storefronts, where mellow staff offer customers a pleasant retail experience.
Now, the owner of the city’s largest chain of dispensaries says he is beefing up security after the city’s first armed robbery of one of these stores over the weekend. Employees at a South Vancouver Weeds Glass and Gifts outlet were robbed at gunpoint for “maybe $500” of dried marijuana, according to owner Don Briere.
Police say no shots were fired by the two suspects and no one was injured in the stickup, which happened just before 9 p.m. Friday.
Now, Mr. Briere, a long-time cannabis crusader and owner of the city’s largest dispensary chain, says he is upgrading security at his 11 Vancouver franchises to include more lighting and panic buttons for front-counter staff to silently trigger an alarm system in the event of another robbery.